Fish Kill May 5th 1782
Having the most perfect confidence in your Excellency’s Candour and Justice, I am compelled by a Part of the General Orders of the 30th of last Month to entreat your Excellency to give me an Opportunity to vindicate my Character, which I humbly conceive to be materially affected by those Orders, either before a Court of Inquiry, or in such other Manner as your Excellency shall think proper.
Permit me to add, that the Person to whom a Warrant was given for raising a Company of Watermen, has just reported that he cannot enlist a Man for that Service, as the Publick have not enabled their Officers to fulfil former Engagements with those People, who say that they cannot rely on Promises of future Payment. With the greatest Respect & Esteem I have the Honor to be, Your Excellency’s most Obedient
DLC: Papers of George Washington.